There are so many reasons to go trekking or hiking while traveling. It’s a great way to move your body, connect with nature, get away from the busy hustle and bustle of modern life, and see what a new country really has to offer. There are some very famous treks out there that many people try, but the lesser-known ones are no less worth doing. Here are some we recommend.
Gheralta Mountains, Ethiopia, 6 – 9 miles
This trek will take your breath away for more reasons than one. The 1,000-year-old churches carved right into the cliffs and the stunning views will make you gasp, while the difficult free-form rock climbing it requires to see them will raise your heart rate. This is a challenging one, but it’s well worth it.
Lost City Trek, Colombia, 28 miles
This trek will take you through the Sierra Nevada jungles to Teyuna, the capital of the ancient Tayrona civilization, so lost that most people have never heard of it. If you go with an indigenous guide, you’ll also learn quite a bit of culture and history that you probably would never discover otherwise.
Cordillera Huayhuash Trek, Peru, 70 miles
If you want to be moved by mother nature’s most dramatic display of beauty, check out the Cordillera Huayhuash mountain range in central Peru. This hike will take you about ten days, covering 5,000-meter peaks and stunning turquoise alpine lakes. This is the kind of natural beauty that inspires people to paint and write poetry.